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June 2017

The 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) elected three members to the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) Board of Directors. They are Margarita de Hegedus of Uruguay, George Thomson of Canada, and Alexis Mera of Ecuador. The members-elect will join the Board on January 1, 2018.

The international agency has an executive team and a Board of Directors. The former is led by Chilean attorney Jaime Arellano and includes a staff of approximately 20 professionals from different nationalities who staff the Center. The Board of Directors is the corporate governance agency and is responsible for supervising the work of the executive team and approving plans of action, budgets and annual reports.

The Board has seven members who are individually appointed by the OAS General Assembly. The candidates are proposed by the member states through their Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Missions to the OAS. They may be reelected once. Uruguayan attorney Santiago Pereira is currently serving as Board President. The other members are Manuel Montecino of El Salvador (Vice President), Leonidas Rosa of Honduras, Douglas Cassel of the United States, Pedro Dallari of Brazil, George Thomson of Canada, and Daniel Petrone of Argentina.

Board members Pereira and Dallari will complete their second terms on December 31 of this year, and Mr. Thomson will complete his first.

Costa Rica, Paraguay, Uruguay, Canada and Ecuador advanced candidates for this election. The candidates submitted by Paraguay and Costa Rica were later withdrawn.

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